Remember when the Internet found out that singer/actor Marques Houston married a woman much younger than him? Back in March of 2019, the Immature singer announced that “She said YES”. The “she” being Miyana Juanita Dickey, now Miya Houston, and Internet detectives discovered the age gap between the two, among a slew of other information.
You see, Miya had been reported a missing person back in 2016, according to the National Missing Person Directory website. However, years later the two connected at a Jehovah’s Witness convention as the two share the same religious affiliation currently.
Marques, who has not released a full project since his 2013 album Famous, came back in the public’s eye once social media found out the age difference. Somebody tweeted out, “Can someone please explain why Marques Houston, a 38-year-old geezer, is engaged to a 19-year-old girl who he allegedly knew before she was 18?”
At the time, the tweet caught the attention of many, but the Houstons are ready to address everyone’s concerns. Both Miya and Marques recently gave Rolling Out an interview to answer all questions, shying away from none.
Miya, originally from San Bernadino in California, confirmed that the two met at an annual Jehovah’s Witness convention in a group meeting through a mutual friend. This mutual friend, she revealed, happened to be the daughter of Chris Stokes, Chrissy Stokes.
Once they met they formed a close relationship, she tells Rolling Out. They formed a Youtube channel and “go makeup shopping” said Miya. Meeting Marques three days later would eventually become “inevitable” due to their already close relationship.
Miya then delves into when she believed that her current husband was “the one”. She tells the publication that he was initially “standoffish”, but then “after we engaged in conversations more and I got to know him a little better, I was, like, ‘OK, you’re pretty all right.’ I could be around you more. Over a period of time, I eventually begin to feel like there was mutual interest. But maybe I should start off with explaining how we date as Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
She added, “First, it’s the courting, and how you get to know each other as a family. So, he met all my siblings and my grandparents. He asked my grandmother for her permission to date me, and she said yes. Then he met my uncles and, of course, they had to drill him. Last, he asked me if we could date exclusively and I said yes.”
The couple has been known to abstain from having sex until marriage due to their religious beliefs. As it pertains to the age gap between the two, she took the time to clarify. “We definitely didn’t date until I was 18, and when I was 19, we got engaged. The internet has my birthday totally wrong. My date of birth is Oct. 7, 2000. We dated less than two years and then we got married. For the record, I am currently 20 years old.”
Check out the video for the full conversation below.